I went to the IET/BCS lecture down in london on thursday it was by Professor Christopher Bishop, chief research scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge. It was titled "Embracing Uncertainty: The New Machine Intelligence". It was at the IET HQ down in savoy place in london a very nice building on the Thames with view of the london eye and big ben next to the savoy hotel.
Some time back I stumbled across the reprap project (www.reprap.org) a worldwide open source project initiated by Dr Adrian Bowyer at the university of bath the goal of which was to design and build an affordable 3d printer that could self replicate ie print all it's own parts.
So I finished my first run through of Mass Effect 2 last night, it is a very good game Bioware have really refined their story telling technique and as always it's the characters and their often fairly nuanced stories that make it work. It's not without it's failings but it certainly is a great improvement on the orginal in almost every way.
I really enjoyed Fable 2 it's wonderful graphics easy to pick up mechanics and "Just have fun" design made it very enjoyable and it improved on it's predecessor in almost every way. Recently Peter Molyeneux was discussing Fable 3 at microsoft's X10 event in san francisco and it sounds like this new sequel will take the series in some interesting directions.
So I flew back the other day, on my way through LAX I got selected for additional screening and was put in one of the new imaging machines. They zapped me with terahertz radiation for a bit and then decided I was safe. I suspect given what I’ve learnt from movies, games, and comic books this may lead to me developing super powers.
Seems like I’m ranting about discovery recently, anyway Solving History is some bloke called Olly Steeds going around “solving” mysterious history. He did an episode onÂ Atlantis and then today it was the Nazca lines.
So this weekend was the superbowl, I didn’t watch it. I’m not sure what’s super about a bowl maybe it has some good cereal in it or something. This is the second time I’ve been out during the super bowl and not watched it, when I eventually move out here I suspect it will become a tradition.
I love discovery most of the time, mythbusters, dirty jobs, and all sorts of great shows but sometimes they go off the deep end.
One of the little perks of travelling abroad (which I guess I’ll have to give up when I move out here) is the meals. Because you are on your own away from family and friends living in a hotel room with no kitchen facilities people often take you out for a meal.
So I’m in the US again, the flight out could have been better, the entertainment system was broken and all we got was that map thing, and there were two babies opposite who spent quite a while screaming, but I’ve had worse flights.